NC Student Success Center

NC Student Success Center

The Role of the NC Student Success Center

The NC Student Success Center provides support for all 58 colleges to advance, scale, and sustain student success and completion efforts. We work with colleges to align policies and practices with our mission and values to ensure access, equity, significant learning, and completion of credentials. We also represent the collective voice of North Carolina community college practitioners in state-level and national policy discussions. Our work is informed and guided by an Advisory Board of 19 members from all sectors of the NC Community College System as well as key state-level education and workforce partners.

Our Funding and the National Network

The Center is funded entirely by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the John M. Belk Endowment, and the Kresge Foundation. We are part of a 13-state Student Success Center Network, coordinated by Jobs for the Future, that works collectively to advance the national completion agenda.

Student Success Framework

Our work to promote greater learning and student completion of credentials is informed by the evidence-based Guided Pathways practices developed by the Community College Research Center (CCRC) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). To minimize confusion among the various "pathways" utilized by NC education and workforce partners, the Center adapted the terminology and launched the NC-GPS framework. The Center invites colleges to review their policies and practices within the framework using the NC-GPS Scale of Adoption Assessment Tool developed by the CCRC and the AACC.

Serving Our Stakeholders at the 58 Colleges

In Fall 2016, the Center surveyed stakeholders about student success efforts and challenges at their colleges. Industry Expansion Solutions, the Center's third-party evaluation team, tabulated and analyzed the survey responses to enable the Advisory Board to identify priorities for targeted and timely support to practitioners across the system. The report is available here.


There are no announcements at this time from the NC Student Success Center.

Upcoming Events

2017 Performance Partnership Summit Pre-Conference Workshop

The NC Student Success Center will host a pre-conference workshop, Introduction to the NC-Guided Pathways to Success (NC GPS) Framework, on July 24 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the 2017 Performance Partnership Summit. Registration is NOT required for the pre-conference. The workshop will highlight the work of our colleges in the NC Guided Pathways to Success (NC-GPS) framework as follows:

1.       Clarify the paths. Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Pathways Project

2.       Help students get on a path. Davidson County Community College College Transitions Center

3.       Help students stay on their path. Pitt Community College Success Navigators

4.       Ensure students are learning. Gaston College Sparc3 Project


Contact the Center

For more information about the Center and our work, contact Dr. Roxanne Newton, Executive Director, at (919) 807-7107 or